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Evan Roos accused of costing Stormers win after 'daft' incident with Scotland star

By Ian Cameron
Evan Roos of DHL Stormers. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Stormers No.8 Evan Roos has once again found himself the focus of online and offline scrutiny after a dangerous clearout on Glasgow Warriors’ back row, Matt Fagerson.

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The incident occurred during the URC Round 3 clash between the Stormers and Glasgow at Scotstoun, where Glasgow was leading 15-6 at the time of Roos’s sending-off.

Roos needlessly lifted and then slammed the Scotland Test No.8 into the ground after a ruck had concluded, resulting in his temporary suspension with a yellow card.

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Roos was seen clashing with Fagerson at the ruck, and despite the ball having already moved away from the area, the Stormers player continued to drive Fagerson, lifting him off his feet, and forcefully throwing him to the ground.

Referee Chris Busby wasted no time in brandishing the yellow card, leaving Roos sidelined for ten crucial minutes. Johnny Matthews, the Glasgow hooker, capitalized on the Stormers’ numerical disadvantage and scored shortly after Roos’s yellow card. The momentum of the game swung in favour of the Scottish side, largely off the back of the incident.

One fan claimed the needless infringement cost the Stormers the game. “This Evan Roos yellow card definitely cost them the game. Silly silly silly tackle.”

Progressive Rugby wrote: “It’s daft, undisciplined, pointless and potentially highly dangerous. Needs to take a leaf out of Jasper Wiese’s book who was a liability, but changed his behaviours and remains an equally fearsome prospect on the pitch.”

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Roos was left out of South Africa’s Rugby World Cup squad, with many citing his discipline as a potential cause for concern in what is an otherwise exceptional player.

Glasgow Warriors: Ollie Smith, Sebastian Cancelliere, Sione Tuipulotu, Stafford McDowall (CAPT), Kyle Rowe, Tom Jordan, George Horne; Oli Kebble, Johnny Matthews, Zander Fagerson, Greg Peterson, Richie Gray, Matt Fagerson, Rory Darge, Sione Vailanu

Replacements: Angus Fraser, Jamie Bhatti, Lucio Sordoni, Scott Cummings, Alex Samuel, Henco Venter, Jamie Dobie, Duncan Weir

DHL Stormers: Warrick Gelant, Angelo Davids, Ben Loader, Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu, Leolin Zas, Jean-Luc du Plessis, Herschel Jantjies, Ali Vermaak, Joseph Dweba, Neethling Fouche (CAPT), Ben-Jason Dixon, Ruben van Heerden, Willie Engelbrecht, Evan Roos, Keke Morabe

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Replacements:  Andre-Hugo Venter, Lizo Gqoboka, Brok Harris, Adre Smith, Gary Porter, Marcel Theunissen, Stefan Ungerer, Clayton Blommetjies

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